A Roundtable With the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories Judges: Tracy O’Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth
So many of the stories I liked best played with understatement and a sort of quiet, confident pacing.
Best Debut Short StoriesPEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Notting Hill Beauty and Briefcase”
“” How can writers and readers keep our attention on the wider world, especially during a pandemic that keeps us, at least physically, in one space?
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“In illustration, we have to understand the writer's mind as much as we can to make the work.”
I feel like it has made the illustrators' community more connected than I realized before.
“Be mindful of what you consume visually every day.”: Monica Ahanonu, Catapult Artist for April 2020
“I try and represent many types of beauty to show that everyone is beautiful in their own way.”
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“I thought this exemplified two aspects of the Colombian spirit that interest and delight me: Any festive occasion can become an excuse to start a full-on party; and time is, as a manner of speaking, subjective.”
“I have always been fascinated by the idea of women being monstrous and beastly because it ruptures the dominant Patriarchal ideal of the shy woman.”
“Interracial love has been codified and digitized, and we’ve found that it sells less ads, is less addictive, than its alternative.”